Vanessa Brown is an award-winning anchor, reporter, and host, currently based in Dallas. She has been recognized a dozen times by the Associated Press and the Nebraska Broadcasters Association – most recently earning 1st place AP honors for spot news, enterprise, and feature reporting. She also led a news team to multiple “best newscast” honors.
Before returning home to Texas to report for CBS 11 and NBC 5, Vanessa anchored the evening news for KLKN, the ABC affiliate in Lincoln, NE for nearly six years. Her versatility was put to good use – she field anchored various events and enterprised special reports. She also jumped into action when twin EF4 tornadoes leveled the town of Pilger, racing to the scene to provide extensive live coverage. Prior to Lincoln, she worked as a reporter for KDAF in Dallas. While there, she also served as producer and host for the community affairs show “DFW Closeup.” She got her feet wet as a general assignment reporter in Montana and Idaho – or more fittingly, dusty – climbing many mountains to cover wildfire seasons.
Upon graduating from Florida State University, Vanessa pursued her broadcasting dream as a member of the prestigious NBCUniversal Page Program in New York City. While at NBC, she held assignments with The Today Show, Suze Orman and The NBC Agency. One of her most memorable moments was spending the day helping broadcasting legend Tim Russert, while he taped an interview with aspiring U.S. Senator, Al Franken.
When not working, Vanessa loves to give back to the local community. She is often requested to emcee formal events – and has done so yearly for the BBB, American Heart Association, American Red Cross and American Cancer Society. As a certified volunteer youth fishing instructor for Nebraska Game and Parks, she spent several fishing seasons inspiring kids to have fun outdoors. You may also find her on the slopes.. or at a football game.. because she loves to travel and to cheer on her ‘Noles!